Turkey tangle fogfruit, Capeweed, Frogfruit
Phyla nodiflora
Verbenaceae

Description:
Small creeping herbaceous wildflower.
Range:
Widespread in the United States south to the Monroe County Keys; West Indies, Mexico, Central America and South America.
Distribution and Abundance in Florida:
Habitat(s):
Wet prairies and moist disturbed areas.
Reproduction:
An inconspicuous aggregate of 4 nutlets.
Natural History:
Larval host plant for common buckeye (Junonia coenia), phaon crescent (Phyciodes phaon) and white peacock (Anartia jatrophae) butterflies. Nectar plant for barred yellow (Eurema daira), ceraunus blue (Hemiargus ceraunus), field skipper (Atalopedes campestris), gray hairstreak (Strymon melinus), little metalmark (Calephelis virginiensis), Miami blue (Hemiargus thomasi), Palatka skipper (Euphyes pilatka), phaon crescent (Phyciodes phaon), queen (Danaus gilippus), swarthy skipper (Nastra lherminier), tropical checkered-skipper (Pyrgus oileus) and other butterflies.
Food:
Low; it grows in nutrient poor soils.
Comments:
Can be weedy in the garden, but is usually easily controlled.
Synonyms:
Lippia nodiflora.


George D. Gann, 2016
In habitat, Loza, northeastern Puerto Rico, Enlarge
Roger L. Hammer
Steven W. Woodmansee
Shirley Denton
Shirley Denton
Shirley Denton